Home News. BRECON. "The Pioneer New Woman" was the title of a lecture delivered by "Eglwysbach" (Mrs. John Evans) at the Guildhall, Brecon, on Monday evening, in aid of the funds of the Dr. Coke Memorial (Wesleyan) Sunday School. Mrs. Sidney Robinson, Cardiff (wife of the Liberal candidate for Breconshire) presided, and was accorded a hearty reception. CARDIGAN An inquest was held at Aberayron by Dr. Abel Evans, Lampeter, on Tuesday last, on David Hughes, 47, tailor, Erw, Cilie Aeron, whose body was found floating with the tide in Aberayron Har- bour. There was no evidence as to how deceased was drowned, and the jury returned an open verdict. The monthly meeting of the South Cardiganshire Methodists' Association was held at New Quay, on Tuesday, presided over by Mr. T. Rowlands, Tyndolau, Llangeitho. It was resolved that the next meeting be held in the North District, and the Rev. W. Adams, B.A., Lampeter, and Mr. E. Ceredig Evans, J.P., Cardigan, were elected pre- sidents for the year 1906. CARNARVON. Mr. Harold Littler, a Rossall boy, and the eldest son of Mr. John Littler, of Llandudno, has just been awarded an exhibition at Magdalen College, Oxford, value ^50 a year for four years, and a scholarship at Jesus College, Oxford, value £ 80 a year for four years. He has accepted the latter. Before going to Rossall he spent seven years at the Llandudno County School under Mr. J. M. Archer Thompson, and he has now the distinction of having been awarded over £ 1,000 in scholarships and exhibitions. At the first meeting held in support of the candi- dature of Mr. Arthur Hughes in North Carnarvon- shire a letter from Lord Penrhyn was read to the effect that when he heard that a wish had been expressed that he should preside at the meeting he felt pleasure at the thought that his presence would be welcome there, and it was with great regret that he learnt that as a peer he was debarred from taking part in political meetings on the eve of an election. Otherwise he would have been most happy to do his utmost to support the candidature of Mr. Arthur Hughes, who represented a party whose policy meant improvement in trade by an alteration in our fiscal policy, and that grand bene- ficent object of bringing our colonies into closer union and harmony with the mother country. He wished the candidate every success. PUNT.) At the monthly meeting of the Vale of Clwyd Calvinistic Methodists held at Rhyl on the 28th ult., where representatives of 78 congregations, comprising a constituency of 13,086 people, were assembled, the tollowing resolution was unani- mously adopted :— That this meeting desires to place on record and announce that it deems it of the utmost importance that the Bible be read in all public and elementary schools in our land." The unusual scene was witnessed at the Board- room at St. Asaph Workhouse on Friday afternoon of the Guardians forsaking their business to listen to a new phonograph, which was a Christmas gift from a Rhyl gentleman. The first record placed on the machine was Where are the boys of the old brigade?" The Vice-Chairman (Mr. J. Frim- ston) thought the selection was a most appropriate one when they surveyed the many empty seats in the boardroom. Having had an English air, the Welsh members of the Board called for a Welsh one, and the Master had to hunt through the records before they could be pacified and the busi- ness of the Board proceeded with. At Friday's meeting of the Holywell Rural Dis- trict Council the clerk read correspondence which he had had with the Clerk of the County Education Authority with regard to the Talacre Roman Catholic School. Three months ago the schools were closed owing to an outbreak of scarlet fever, and they have not since been re-opened, nor have they been disinfected as required by the medical officer. The managers of the school have decided to hand them over to Sir Pyers Mostyn, as private
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schools, on January 20, and the education authority on that account decline to spend any more money upon the schools. The clerk said he had written to the education authority expressing surprise that they would not attend to so small a matter affecting, as it did, the health of the district. GLAMORGAN. A curious story is published concerning a Swan- sea tradesman who disappeared previous to last Whitsuntide. He has now re-appeared, and states that he remembers nothing of what has transpired in the meantime. At the request of a large number of beneficed clergy, the Rev. Z. Paynter Williamson, vicar of Margam and rural dean of Upper Groneath, has consented to stand for the vacant proctorship in the Diocese of Llandaff. A committee is being formed in support of his candidature. Owing to the persistent refusal of the Aberdare Education Committee to recognise the claims of the assistant teachers at the National Schools to equal treatment with the teachers employed at the Council Schools, nearly the whole of the former have tendered their resignation, which will take effect as from the 31st inst. Charles Gore, assistant timberman at the Maindy (Ocean) Colliery, Ton Pentre, was killed on Tues- day by a fall of roof whilst engaged in opening out a double parting in the 2ft. 9in. seam. When ex- tricated by his brother, who worked with him, life was almost extinct. Deceased's home was at Tiverton, and he leaves a widow and two children. At a meeting of the council of the. South Wales Miners' Federation there was a long discussion upon the question of improving the finances of the Federation, and a sub-committee was appointed to draft a scheme. Four representatives were appointed to consider the proposal to form a mining education board in connection with the Cardiff University College. A meeting of the East Glamorgan Conservative Association was held at Merthyr Vale on Tuesday night to discuss the question of contesting the Eastern Division of Glamorgan. It was resolved that the seat should not be contested this time, as it is believed that another general election will take place in eighteen months or two years. Sir Alfred Thomas thus gets a walk over. Almanacks are vieing with books in variety and numbers. The latest production of the kind is the Welsh Educational Almanack-a very useful sheet compiled by Mr. J. Austin Jenkins, the registrar of Cardiff University College. The almanack contains a mass of educational information in handy form, and even in the calendar portion the days are marked by notable educational, literary, and historical events of special interest to Wales. Cardiff Welshmen on Tuesday night, to cele- brate the New Year in traditional fashion, had a "Gwyl Nos Galan" at the rooms of the Young Men's Christian Association. There was a large attendance, and the proceedings were a great success. Mr. Ifano Jones (Cardiff Central Library) was in the chair, supported by Dr. Rhys Jones (Grangetown), Alderman Edward Thomas, J.P., and other leading Welshmen. The proceedings were under the auspices of Cymry Cymreig Caerdydd. Madame Hughes Thomas presided at the piano. Dewi Fychan read a paper on Dafydd ap Gwilym, the Great Welsh Poet of the Fourteenth Century." Afterwards Dewi Fychan and others sang penillion. Mr. W. Llewelyn Williams, Liberal candidate for Carmarthen Boroughs, delivered an address at the Liberal Club, Pontypridd, on Monday night, taking for his subject, Llewelyn, our last Prince." Re- viewing the history of Wales in the mediaeval ages, Mr. Williams stated that when Llewelyn Fawr was at the zenith of his power, he was the means of obtaining three clauses in the Magna Charta devoted to Wales. He then traced his lineage down to the last of the princes of the name, Owen, who fought at the battle of Crecy under the English, a battle which, it was claimed, was won by the long- bowmen of Wales. The weapon was invented and first used in warfare by the men of Gwent. Mr. Horatio Evans, Taffs Well, presided, and the lecturer was extended a hearty vote of thanks. MONMOUTH. George Anderson, of 7, Prince Street, Maindee, Newport, a dock labourer, was rescued from a small boat in which he had been adrift for twelve hours in the Bristol Channel. Anderson was inspecting some staging when his boat was caught by the tide and drifted down the river. The most romantically situated house in the whole of South Wales is Llan Soar House, near Llangibby, Mon. It is an old Early Tudor house, long, low, and rambling, with. a dovecot in the end gable. At the back of the house there is a curious old look-out tower. The house is surrounded by orchards, and reminds one of Fred Walker's old almshouse in his great picture The Haven of Rest." Llan Soar is close to Llwyn Celyn, the residence of Mr. E. E. Micholls, the favourite candidate for the Monmouth Boroughs. MONTGOMERY. An interesting political campaign took place on Tuesday in the parishes of Berriew and Castle Caereinion, where the county Conservative Associa- tion opposed the return of Mr. Arthur Humphreys- Owen, Glansevern, to the Montgomery County Council, in place of the late Mr. Humphreys-Owen, M.P., his father, who had always represented the division without a contest. The strongest possible candidate was brought against him in Captain W. J. Corbett-Winder, the heir to another large local estate. Mr. Davies, Plasdinam, placed his motor- cars at the service of the Liberal candidate. There was a heavy poll, 317 voting out of 340. The result was declared at 9.35 as follows Humphrey-Owen (L) 181 Corbett-Winder (C) 136 Mr. Edward Davies, of Dolcaradog, who has just retired from the Machynlleth bench of magistrates, is the only surviving member of the fifteen Welsh delegates who were appointed to attend the first British Anti-State Church Convention, which was held in London in April, 1844. Among the dele- gates were Henry Richard, Gwilym Hiraethog, Ap Fychan, Samuel Roberts, of Llanbrynmair, and several other well-known Welsh leaders. The Con- vention, which gave birth to the Disestablishment movement as it is known to-day, lasted for four days. In the September following the Welsh dele- gates met separately at Machynlleth to inaugurate the Welsh campaign. Over sixty years of labour," remarked the veteran survivor lately, "and the great work not accomplished yet." Mr. Davies was responsible for the selection by the Montgomery County Council of its extremely appropriate motto, "Powys paradwys Cymru"—an expression which Mr. Davies had come across in the works of Llywarch Hen. When he proposed it in place of the ponderous Latin motto which the classical scholars of the Council had laboriously produced it was instantly accepted. PEMBROKE. At the Pembrokeshire Quarter Sessions, held at Haverfordwest, on Tuesday, Benjamin Powell Morris, lately a minister of Neyland, appealed against an order made upon him by the Roose magistrates adjudging him the father of the child of a widow named Davies. The case aroused wide interest when first heard owing to the defendant's position as a minister. Mrs. Davies is a woman of forty, with eight children. Judge Owen said the bench were unanimous in their opinion that there was no corroboration, and quashed the order, with costs. The Admiralty recently accepted the services o 106 men employed at Pembroke Dockyard, for temporary employment at Gibraltar, to repair the Fleet repair ship "Assistance," and it had been arranged that 52 were to leave for Gibraltar on the 12th inst., and the remainder on the 25th inst. Some of the former are voters, and as the election at Pembroke will take place on the 18th inst., would not, had they gone away as arranged, been able to record their votes. On Tuesday, however the Admiralty directed the dockyard authorities that all voters who desired to remain over the election were to be permitted to do so. Instruc- tions were also received to cause the men, subject to their being agreeable, to be re-vaccinated, should the local fleet surgeon think it necessary. This step was advised, in view of the prevalence of small pox at Gibraltar at present. All except one were agreeable, and were instructed to be re-vaccinated forthwith, but the man who refused will, it is under- stood, be prevented from going, although he has signed the contract of service.